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Mercury Mountaineer Features and Specs

Features & Specs

  • Engine 5.0 L V 8-cylinder
  • Drivetrain Rear Wheel Drive
  • Transmission 4-speed Automatic
  • Horse Power 210 hp @ 4500 rpm
  • Fuel Economy 12/17 mpg
  • Bluetooth No
  • Navigation No
  • Heated Seats No

Review of the 1997 Mercury Mountaineer

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  • Safety
  • Pros

    Attractive, Ford Explorer-based SUV promises durability, great cargo space, and go-anywhere ability

  • Cons

    Can't be had with Ford's outstanding SOHC V-6 engine. The Mountaineer's badging is a bit garish for a rugged SUV.

  • What's New for 1997

    The all-new Mercury Mountaineer is yet another entrant into the booming luxury sport-utility market. Based on the wildly successful Ford Explorer, the Mountaineer is intended to appeal to outdoor sophisticates rather than true roughnecks. Distinguishing characteristics of the Mountaineer include four-wheel antilock brakes, a pushrod V8 engine and optional all-wheel drive.

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Gas Mileage

EPA-Rated MPG

  • 12
  • cty
/
  • 17
  • highway
Calculate Yearly Fuel Costs
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What Others Are Saying

Customer Reviews



Bought mine in 2012

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

I bought my 1997 Mountaineer in 2012 with 155,000 miles. I am the third owner. Did some minor DIY fixes and the thing just keeps shining. It shifts a little hard. And I did some work on the cooling system after driving it across country in summertime heat. But overall very happy. I luv the strong motor. 2WD but performs well in snow and I've even taken it off-roading and been impressed. Comfortable interior. Surprisingly durable. Easy to find parts at any junk yard. Ford got this one right. They are a leader in truck sales and I understand why now.




Best car i ever owned

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

I have owned Fords; Mercurys; Oldsmobile; Pontiac; Mazda; and a Mercedes. For the longest time the best car I owned was a 1987 Ford EXP. Yeah it was a tarted up 2 seater escort. But it was fun; practical and it never broke. Then I bought this 1997 mountaineer used (I am the second owner). The reason it is the best is because I got it dirt cheap and (after owning it a while) I recently drove it 4000 miles in blistering heat. At one point my wife and I were crossing the desert in 118 degree heat with the air conditioner running. Neither of us could believe the car didn't explode. It ran like a champ. All repairs have been minor and it's easy and cheap to fix. Ford trucks r awesome




Great vehicle

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

This is an awesome vehicle. It drives great, is comfortable , great stereo , LOVE the sunroof. This was my first car and I only paid $500 for it, it needed a new head gasket and a few other fixes which cost me about $300 and it was up and running great. I love how you can set your lights to come on by themselves when it is dark out




190k miles and still going

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

I purchased this vehicle new in 1996. It currently has 191,000 miles and my wife drives it to work. I am in sales and put a lot of miles on it initially. The only mechanical problem we have had is a cracked manifold at about 160,000 miles which would be expected. We have only performed standard and preventative maintenance. I wouldn't trade this type of car experience for anything.




The perfect car

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

When I turned 16 in the fall of 2001, my parents bought me a white 1997 Mercury Mountaineer. I feel in love with the car immediately - something about being a new driver and having your own car. That car fit me perfectly. It was gorgeous, comfortable, and I felt safe in it. But early in March of 2003, I was in an accident. The other driver and I were both fine, but my beautiful car was not. It was totaled. The front of my car hit the right side of the other car - a small sedan. My Mountaineer did exactly what it was supposed to - the engine took the entire impact, and the interior of the car was untouched. I could not have wished for a better car.




97 merc mtnr

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Vehicle: 1997 Mercury Mountaineer 4dr SUV

Consider the 97 Mercury Mountaineer as one of the best cars I have owned. Would buy another one if I could get as good a deal as I did on this one.



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Full 1997 Mercury Mountaineer Review

What's New for 1997

The all-new Mercury Mountaineer is yet another entrant into the booming luxury sport-utility market. Based on the wildly successful Ford Explorer, the Mountaineer is intended to appeal to outdoor sophisticates rather than true roughnecks. Distinguishing characteristics of the Mountaineer include four-wheel antilock brakes, a pushrod V8 engine and optional all-wheel drive.

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Talk About The 1997 Mountaineer

1997 Mercury Mountaineer Discussions See all Started By

hazmat456
hazmat456
05-21-2007
1997 mercury mountaineer 136,000 miles...


consumerights
consumerights
10-07-2011
The issue at hand, non acceleration of Ford Explorers and Mercury Mountaineers is a KNOWN defect in these models, occurring in the years 1997-2009 caused by the THERMOSTAT HOUSING UNITS in these vehic...


tandtb
tandtb
04-01-2009
Newbe here. I just purchased a 1997 Merc Mountaineer, and have a few questions and problems. First of all I would like to know what other years or makes interchange parts with this vehicle. Is ther...



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